Amir Karimi

Amir Karimi

PhD Candidate
Supply Chain & Operations


  • Bachelor's Degree 2011
    Industrial Management Shiraz University
  • Master of Science 2014
    Production and Operations Management University of Tehran
  • PhD 2020 (Expected)
    Supply Chain and Operations University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Carlson School of Management


  • Not-for-profit and Humanitarian Operations
  • Socially Responsible Operations
  • Healthcare Supply Chains
  • Empirical Analysis
  • Advanced Econometrics
  • Predictive Analytics


My research is positioned at the intersection of not-for-profit and humanitarian operations, socially responsible operations and healthcare supply chains. Particularly, I focus on health commodity delivery (e.g., contraceptives, antiretrovirals) in developing countries where stock-outs at health facilities are widespread and frequent due to resource constraints. While the prevalence of stock-outs and the consequent human impact, e.g., drug resistance, failed treatment and death, is widely acknowledged, there is a paucity of rigorous empirical research into the factors driving stock-outs. Leveraging field data, my research takes a multipronged approach toward uncovering and rigorously quantifying the mechanisms that can be utilized to mitigate the likelihood of stock-outs. I extract meaningful insights from the data by employing a battery of empirical approaches ranging from advanced econometrics to predictive analytics. My research findings not only serve to fill a gap in the literature, but can also be used to inform policies in practice to alleviate stock-outs in developing countries.

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